St Andrew’s College U15 Basketball team participated in the prestigious St John’s College Basketball Tournament.
The St Andrew’s College “Bucks” team made their first appearance against hosts, St John’s College. The “Bucks” stunned St John’s College to take a 9-6 lead in the first quarter. Things remained tight going into the fourth quarter, with the score tied at 16 all. St John’s College finally began heating up in the last quarter when they scored 12 points against the Bucks’ 4. St Andrew’s College lost 20-28.
St Andrew’s College bounced back strongly when they dominated and outplayed the much fenced Katlehong Academy to win 28–18.
There was plenty of drama in the third game against St Benedict’s College. The starting five of Siphe Madlala, Timothy Mwesigwa, Camagu Nkuhlu, Lukhanyo Dongwana and Sankara Bloemen-Gwisai put up 20 points and 10 rebounds. While Timothy and Sankara did most of the work for The Bucks on offence, the entire defence did a great job shutting things down on the other end of the court. However, the Bucks collective conversion rate of 35% let them down as
they lost the match narrowly 22–24.
Needing to win their last group match to qualify into the Quarter Finals, the St Andrew’s College “Bucks” went on to convincingly beat Rand College by a 42–8, finishing as runners up in Group A to qualify for the knock stages.
Everything fell apart for the Bucks on the offensive end in the Quarter Final match against the skilled and quicker Soweto Academy outfit. They managed just 19 points, including eight during the fourth period. It was the more clinical Soweto Academy which scored 29 points. Despite those struggles on the offensive end, Thando Nxumalo, Kala Sebonego and Kamva Bodlani provided a huge spark off the bench both on defence and offence.
St Andrew’s College played in three live-streamed feature matches and provided plenty of entertainment with their solid zone defence and fast break attacks.
The lessons learnt on this tour will help the team grow and develop into a formidable outfit in the season to follow.